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Sardegna Rally Race Stage 2 09/06/2014
SardiniaArbatax     >     SardiniaArbatax Total:226km Special stage:170km

Paulo Goncalves Takes the Victory and Overall Lead after the Second Stage of the Sardinia Rally

  • Paulo Goncalves
  • Joan Barreda
  • Helder Rodrigues
  • Paulo Goncalves
  • Team HRC


Current World Champion Paulo Goncalves achieves a great result during the second stage of the Sardinia Rally Race, winning the race and making him leader of the race. Podium finish for teammate Joan Barreda and Top10 finish for Helder Rodrigues.

An important victory for Paulo Goncalves on this second stage of the rally, it was a result achieved due to the consistency and hard work, from both the riding and the correct interpretation of the roadbook. Paulo has done an outstanding performance, beginning the stage on third place - due to the time he lost yesterday having to stop and open a gate in order to be able to follow the set route, being reclassified to third place at the end of the first stage – with a good pace on his Honda CRF450R. Setting the best time of the day, with one minute and twenty seven seconds lead from the runner-up. Today’s result makes Paulo take the lead on the overall standing.

Joan Barreda finished on third place. The rider from Castellon had previously set the best time up until the refueling point, but immediately after made a navigation mistake by taking the wrong route. While riding on it he found himself on a collision course with another rider, luckily avoiding him. Barreda was able to recover from the incident and regain the pace he had before this moment.

Teammate Hélder Rodrigues also made a mistake while reading the roadbook today, causing him to lose several minutes while regaining the correct way. The Portuguese rider finished in ninth place at the end of the stage and is currently eighth on the overall standing.

Tomorrow will take place the first part of the marathon of the Sardinia Rally Race between Arbatax and San Leonardo. Riders have no technical assistance and the bikes will be taken to a parc ferme upon their arrival to the surroundings of the medieval church of San Leonardo.

Comment
Paulo Goncalves Paulo Goncalves 1st 3:22'28
Today I did a really good stage, I started from third place and I have won. I am very happy bout the result both for the HRC Team and me. The bike worked perfectly. We have three more days of racing ahead of us and I am leading the overall standing. We have to focus on the main goal because it’s easy to make mistakes, we have to keep our concentration in order to achieve a good result at the end of the rally.
Joan Barreda Joan Barreda 3rd +2'15
Today was a good day, specially on the first part we had a good focus on the navigation and allowed me to push on the first kilometers, catching up on seconds from the front riders...After refueling I cached Farrés, who was the rider in front of me, we both made a mistake and we had a difficult situation, a bit dangerous in the close forest, but after that I take again the good navigation and focused until the finish with a good speed. It was a good stage.
Helder Rodrigues Helder Rodrigues 9th +8'02
Third day today of the Sardinia Rally with a long stage of 170 kilometers with a nice, fast and technical Special with a lot of navigation. I made a mistake on one note in navigation and lost a lot of time, I tried the road again but lost a little bit of time. It wasn’t great but not as so bad either because I didn’t crash. I tried to go fast but on the second part, because of this mistake I lost a lot of time from the front guys. We need to keep going and do our best until the end.
Wolfgang Fischer Wolfgang Fischer Team HRC - Team Manager
Today was another successful day for the HRC Team, not only because Paulo Gonçalves could win the stage, the second stage win in three days, but he also took the overall lead of the rally. Joan Barreda completed a really good stage today, leading the stage up to the refueling point, after which he had a difficult situation that luckily ended up having no further consequence. For Hélder Rodrigues it was also a good stage in which he only made one mistake in navigation, where he lost some minutes. In the end all riders are in the Top10 with Paulo leading the overall standing and now we can prepare our bikes, which have been working perfectly and we focus on tomorrow’s first part of the marathon stage. The next two days will be key but so far it’s going well.

TOMORROW'S STAGE
STAGE 3. 10 June 2014. Arbatax-San Leonardo
SS4: 85 km
SS5: 125 km
Total: 210 km


This is the start of the Marathon Stage of the Sardegna Rally 2014, which will be completed the next day in San Teodoro. In the midst of a whirlwind of difficulties and uncertainties, on the one hand the impossibility to meet the Assistances, on the other hand the charm of the bivouac of San Leonardo.

The third portion of the Sardegna Rally is also the beginning of the long and difficult Marathon Stage both for the Riders of the World Championship and the competitors facing the Italian Championship Raid TT. For the Sardegna Rally is a Stage characterized by an unusual configuration, and it should be noted that it’s tougher!

The contestants will reach the Checkpoint before the Special Stage on board of their assistance vehicle. After the "drop off ", they will continue riding their bikes up to the Assistance Point. The Special Stage will have a 40 % of innovative path, and will cross the Muggianeddu forest yard, San Sebastiano, Uatzo, then will return in the state area of Tonara and end up in Pranu, near Sorgono. A very hard and tiring special stage that requires expert navigation, with frequent changes of terrain and direction. Also in this case riders will pass from the crests of the mountains to the groomed trails in the middle of the dense vegetation of the valley, from fjords to more technical passages.

At the end of the Special Stage a transfer begins on asphalt in the direction of Atzara, Samugheo, Allai, culminating in the Grighine area, where riders will carry out the “service” just before the entrance in the second Special Stage. Much of the second special stage is plotted on Mount Grighine and a portion of the plateau of Saint Lucia. The final stage is located on the Monte Arci and the end of the selective sector is positioned near to Tiria.

The Special Stage is navigated, but also very nice to ride, and is a veritable anthology of all that Sardinia has to offer in terms of morphology. Fire break paths, mountain ridges, undergrowth, crossings, dirt roads and sliding passages almost "trial” type. In the dossier of the stage nothing is missing.

The final liaison brings them from Tiria to San Leonardo, on a mix of asphalt / gravel roads crossing the Simaxis, Solan, Milis and Bonarcado areas.

Result

Results Stage 2
Pos Rider Machine Time/Gap
1 Paulo Goncalves Honda 3:22'28
2 Alessandro Botturi HUSQVARNA +1'27
3 Joan Barreda Honda +2'15
4 Marc Coma KTM +3'11
5 Olivier Pain YAMAHA +4'15
 
9 Helder Rodrigues Honda +8'02
Provisional Standings after Stage 2
Pos Rider Machine Time/Gap
1 Paulo Goncalves Honda 5:49'33
2 Alessandro Botturi HUSQVARNA +1'25
3 Marc Coma KTM +2'45
4 Joan Barreda Honda +4'52
5 Armand Monleón KTM +5'54
 
8 Helder Rodrigues Honda +11'21

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